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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $70K annually. Overall cash earnings for Computer Hardware Engineers vary widely between $42K and $112K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$45,710 - $107,118
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MEDIAN: $70,227
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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$8.14 - $41.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,710 - $107,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,269  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,608 - $111,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $41.43  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,269  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,608 - $111,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.
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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer

Survey results show that Computer Hardware Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Field-Programmable Gate Array, C, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Java. Those familiar with C also tend to know Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Computer Hardware Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $64K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $90K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $107K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Austin
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National Average
$71,000
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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Hardware Engineers, 36 percent higher than the national average. Computer Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+29 percent) and San Francisco (+20 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with New York Computer Hardware Engineers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C
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C++
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National Average
$71,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%